The Allison behind Allison Barnhill Designs

allison travis photos 2First, let me say that this photo is me on a very good day and it required the help of an extremely talented hair and makeup artist and a phenomenal photographer!  Most days, I’m sitting in my studio in yoga pants and a hoodie with no makeup and a messy bun.   And, since I’m being honest here, I confess…I’m addicted to a few things….paper, pink, bows, glitter, Kate Spade, books, flat faced dogs and cinnamon dolce lattes.

I started Allison Barnhill Designs (or ABD, as it is affectionately called) over 15 years ago, after leaving an IT firm in DC.  I was one of those people who got the perfect job out of college, only to find out later that I hated everything about it.  With a little push from my fiancé (now hubby), I decided to start my own business.  At first, my business was a mix of wedding stationery and other paper crafts.  Slowly it evolved to all weddings, all the time. Believe me when I tell you, I didn’t know I would fall in love with designing stationery for weddings, but I’m so happy that I did!  I love what I do and couldn’t imagine my life any other way.

ABD has evolved, grown and changed through the years, but the one thing that stays the same is…me…and my love of design. As of 2018, I’m no longer designing stationery for weddings, but I am still using my design skills to help other small businesses develop their brand over at Business by Barnhill. My husband and I started this venture a few years ago to support small businesses and provide services such as branding, social media, website development, accounting, tax consulting, technology, PR and advising. Don’t worry ABD isn’t going anywhere, I still love designing and blogging here, so please stay in touch!

I should mention that I’m the mother of 13 year old boy-girl twins and have been married to my amazing hubby for 15 years. Oh, and we decided to get married all over again for our 10 year anniversary, which gave me the perfect opportunity to work with all of my wonderful vendor friends (aka friendors) and create a simply amazing second wedding day!  You can see it all on Style Me Pretty!

Please be sure to check out my blog, which I am updating regularly with small business tips, design tidbits, new branding projects and even some great wedding inspiration too.

With love and glitter,


“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” –Winston Churchill